About

Stephen Wendt, MLIS

Stephen Wendt, MLIS, is a professional genealogist, lecturer and owner of Tree Tidings Genealogy. Stephen holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Ohio University. His extensive genealogical, library and customer service background is rooted in an other-centered approach of assisting individuals with their information needs.

Stephen specializes in Prussian/German and Scottish Genealogy and he is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Ohio Genealogical Society,  the Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America, The Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY and other genealogical organizations.  He gives lectures and attends genealogy conferences and webinars on a regular basis. Stephen resides with his family in NE Ohio.

Prussian/German and Scottish Genealogical Specializations

Stephen gives lectures on Prussian/German Genealogy, as well as on Scottish Genealogy. Stephen's lectures include, “Searching for Your Elusive Prussian Ancestors: A Case Study” and “Strategies for Discovering and Memorializing Your Scottish Ancestors: A Case Study.” Whether someone is starting out or wishes to go deeper, Stephen's lectures are replete with essential background information, resources and examples! A special emphasis is placed on historical and geographical factors in the pursuit of records.

Stephen's Ancestral Background

Stephen's diverse ancestral background sparked his passion for genealogy early on in his adult life. He has studied his Prussian-German heritage extensively.  His Prussian ancestors left their homeland for Niagara County, New York, in order to avoid religious persecution waged by their own government.  His Scottish ancestors emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, for economic opportunities. Family story after family story, a common theme comes into greater relief: the goal of building a better future in the midst of adversity and uncertainty.

The difficult circumstances, which his ancestors faced, shed light on some of the perennial questions that we still ask today pertaining to the human condition.  For example, how could a man, who suffered a devastating head injury in a train accident, go on to complete law school and make a run for congress and run a successful dry goods store, but he was not capable of keeping his family together? 

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